March 19, 2010
Timmy crops launched

In a matter of months, Vincentians will be able to feast on agro products harvested from the fields of Timmy Crops.

Timmy Crops is the newest business venture undertaken by the Intermediate High School, in collaboration with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Chamber of Commerce and their newly launched Schools Garden Project.{{more}}

The Intermediate High School is the first school on this project.

Executive Director of the SVG CIC Shafia London indicated at a school assembly to launch the project last Friday that the students that make up Timmy Crops would be responsible for market research, planting and harvesting the produce, marketing and record keeping.

“In the future, we expect that some of the students will be involved in various businesses,” London said. “They all stand to benefit from the basic business thinking, business skills and, above all, hands on business experience they will acquire during this project.”

London said that the project was started in an effort to re-ignite the interest of agriculture among Vincentians, especially young people, whom she noted could be motivated to become more involved in the agricultural sector and consider business in agriculture as a viable career option.

“This will in turn strongly influence a production of locally produced foods, therefore leading to wealth creation in our economy. This project is, therefore, considered a vital one for the sustainability in the agricultural sector in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”

Also throwing their support behind the project is the Ministry of Agriculture, which was represented at the launch by Winston George, as well as Jethro Greene of ECTAD, and Philmore Isaacs of IICA.

The men congratulated the Chamber as well as the school for the initiative and promised support from their organizations towards the projects.

Villette Browne, Managing Director of Bickles, the project’s major sponsor, said that her company was also in full support of the project because they believed in the abilities of the students, and was expecting great things from the school.

She said that the students are being given an opportunity to make a difference and they should make the most of that opportunity.

“Put your heart into this project… We are behind you. We are expecting a lot of great things from you,” Browne encouraged.

Also donating to the project was the Green Finger Garden Supplies store, which gave the students a spray can.

The students who make up the business are yet to decide on the crops to be planted on the plot of land situated at the back of the school.